A few weeks ago I got in touch with Cao to see what new activities Anaga Experience was offering to the general public in the Anaga Mountains. He replied, "Well tomorrow we're going to Taborno – fancy coming?" How long do you think it took me to say yes? I think not even half a millisecond ...

Just over a year ago I did one of the most beautiful excursions I've ever done in Tenerife. It was with the boys from Anaga Experience and they took me to Antequera. It wasn’t just beautiful because of the landscapes, or because of the chance to be almost alone on a stunning black sandy beach, but because of how well-rounded it was. Deciding to go with them again was an easy choice. This time it was Roque de Taborno's turn.

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Tenerife Travel Secret

The Antequera tour starts in the forests of Anaga and continues through Las Casillas. It then descends via the Antequera ravine to the beach with the same name. There you eat lunch and have enough time to swim and enjoy the water. Afterward, a boat-taxi takes you to Las Teresitas beach (passing the cliffs in the area). To top off the day you can try paddle boarding on the beach.

With all that in mind, obviously I ventured out to discover Roque de Taborno with high hopes.

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Tenerife Travel Secret

Anaga is a natural park which UNESCO declared a biosphere reserve in June 2015.

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We met in La Laguna, because Cao had to pick up an American girl in Santa Cruz. Because of the traffic and a lack of parking, I arrived at our meeting point late. When I finally found the phone number for Anaga Experience and called them, they had already left. The quick solution was to go to a new meeting point in Cruz del Carmen, so off I went!

When I finally arrived Cao introduced me to Alison, an American from Ohio. She had come to take a break from her work, and was surprised by the natural diversity on the island. We got in the car and headed for the starting point for the tour in the Anaga Mountains...

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And so the excursion in the Anaga Mountains began...

Anaga is a spectacular natural park. The vegetation in the Anaga Mountains is almost unique in Macaronesia, and this area is about 8 million years old. Its abrupt landscapes, its silence broken only by the wind and its birdsong are a delight in themselves.

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Tenerife Travel Secret

In 1994, the official road to Taborno opened. This hamlet has therefore been characterised by being isolated.

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Getting to Taborno was relatively simple and we made a short stop at a viewpoint in the Anaga Mountains. There we enjoyed some typical Canary Island produce and a refreshing drink with a special ingredient. That's one of Anaga Experience's secrets though, so we won't give it away.

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From that moment we were joined by José Domingo, the only shepherd who uses a crook to complete the Shepherd's Jump (salto del pastor) in Anaga. With it you can carry out this tradition which is so useful on the most mountainous islands in the Canaries.

We continued our trail after the well-deserved rest and walked through two large ravines. On one side was the hamlet of Las Carboneras and on the other was the Afur ravine. I went a little crazy with panoramic photos.

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Tenerife Travel Secret

Three-quarters of Anaga Natural Park belongs to Santa Cruz and the other quarter to La Laguna.

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We arrived in the vicinity of Roque de Taborno and in front of us we could see the coast, which has strong sea currents. We saw some bays on the west side and the three beaches of Almáciga, Roque de las Bodegas and Benijos on the east side.

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The route back to the hamlet of Taborno was a wonderful walk for enjoying the beautiful day, the brilliance of nature, the local people and their worries, and above all the pleasant company.

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We completed the tour in three hours and at the end we took a bus which dropped us off near the point where we'd parked the car, at the Merendero Casa Carlos. We followed advice and ate a plate of chickpeas, sliced roast chicken with wrinkled potatoes and red sauce with "barraquito" (a local coffee drink). Alison enjoyed it and I think she noted down the ingredients so she can prepare it when she goes back to the United States.

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Before going to La Orotava, we stopped at Cruz del Carmen in the hope that the sky would be sufficiently clear to see the Teide. No luck, but even so it was a beautiful view.

Comments from the authors on the excursion to Roque de Taborno with Anaga Experience

No wonder Taborno is now in my top 5 excursions to do in Tenerife. Anaga Experience do such a good job of guiding you around the slopes of Anaga Natural Park. It is always a privilege to go with them, as well as discover new corners of the island. Even with all the tours I've done, there's still a lot left to uncover.

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